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Sustainable Energy & Green Technologies

MSc Sustainable Energy & Green Technologies
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MSc in Sustainable Energy and Green Technologies focuses development and optimisation of renewable energy resource exploitation; efficiency in energy generation and utilisation pathway; mitigation of environmental impacts, and; preparation for business innovation and job creations opportunities in renewable energy systems technologies development, plant biotechnology and entrepreneurship.

The programme is underpinned by the best European practice by incorporating compatible EU policy drivers such as the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) for energy research, current R&D in Crops (through ongoing and research initiatives under the Charles Parsons Energy Research programme), and the collaboration with internationally acknowledged experts in the subject domains from universities, research institutions and industry.

Vision and Values Statement
The programme in Sustainable Energy & Green Technologies is aimed at science and technology graduates who wish to develop a career or further studies in the sustainable use of energy and to understand the impact of energy choices on the environment. We enable our students to understand and address the resource and environmental challenges the world faces. The programme challenges students to engage with topics such as sustainable energy, life cycle assessment, environmental impacts, and to have a balanced and technical approach to understanding those topics. The programme is delivered by internationally recognised research active academic staff who bring their research experience to the classroom for the benefit of the students.

In this programme, energy is considered in the wider context of consumption patterns, efficiency, economics, policy and regulation both nationally and internationally. While there is particular focus on the deployment of renewable energies in grid-connected systems, there are also opportunities to explore off-grid systems in dissertation projects. Students are challenged to take on a number of case studies in teams as well as individually, and present their findings to their peers in an open forum. The teaching and assessment techniques used include problem based learning, individual and team project work, presentations, as well as in-term and end of year assessments. Students are also actively encouraged and supported in obtaining a work placement that support and underpins their chosen thesis research topic.

The programme is structured in three academic semesters (12 calendar months).

The first semester covers Science & Technologies modules that include analytical assignments, laboratory and group work, and a foundation module on Research Methods. Also in the first semester, students will be required to identify and develop the scope for their major research project, which will be further developed and completed in the second and final semesters. The second semester focuses on energy projects and markets analyses interfacing with innovation and Technologies transfer concepts. A major individual Research Project is completed in third semester.

During the last semester of this programme, students will be required to complete their MSc Thesis. Co-requisite for embarking on the Research Project module include, successful completion of the On-line Research Skills (5 credits), and completion of a series of Term Papers related to specific taught modules.

A primary requirement in the MSc Research Project is that the final thesis should be of near publishable quality for peer-reviewed journals in the relevant Sustainable Energy and Green Technologies project domain.

Programme Outcomes
• Graduates will have acquired the knowledge to perform detailed feasibility studies, scientific analyses, and conduct research technical aspects of sustainable energy systems
• Graduates will use their knowledge to support industry and community organizations in development and utilisation of energy technologies.
• Graduates will be able to conduct environmental, social and economic analyses of the decisions associated with the deployment of sustainable energy technologies
• Graduates will have effective oral and written communication skills, including design of supporting materials, for communicating with scientific stakeholders and practitioners
• Graduates will be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the process of identifying, capturing, developing and applying innovative technical solutions to problems in sustainable energy deployment arising from their research.
• On completion of the programme graduates should be able to work effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary groups to address sustainable energy issues with a commitment to lifelong learning to enhance their professional development
• Graduates will have developed an understanding of the need for high ethical standards and professionalism.

Entry requirements

An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ Level 8) with a minimum upper second class honours or international equivalence in an engineering, physical science or environmental related degree.


1 Year Full Time.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Graduates of the MSc in Sustainable Energy and Green Technologies programme will have competences and skill sets for employment in companies and organisations geared to planning, deploying and utilising a wide range of green technologies systems including environmental impact mitigation. Typical opportunities will be in waste-to-energy facilities, biogas plants, ethanol production facilities, district-heating operations, renewable energy research laboratories, facilities utilising wind energy (including wind farms), solar energy, biomass and hydrogen energy, as well as leading energy utility companies, and research institutions.

The knowledge and skill you gain from the Innovation and Technology Transfer module specifically will provide you with unique insights into the entrepreneurial process, from identification of the innovative idea through to the launch of a successful business.

Related Programmes
• ME Biosystems & Food Engineering FT
• MEngSc Food Engineering FT
• MSc Environmental Technology FT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Katie O'Neill
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 1781

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Entrepreneurship & Plant Biotechnology

The Bioeconomy; A strategy for sustainable fuel, material and chemical production

Life Cycle Assessment


Advanced Air Pollution

Waste to Energy Processes & Technologies

Energy Systems Integration

LCA Applications

Research and Teaching Methods

Energy Systems & Sustainable Environments


Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Applications welcome from wide range of qualifying disciplines and academic backgrounds both locally and internationally.

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MSc Sustainable Energy & Green Technologies FT (X413)
Duration: 1 Years
Attendance: Full Time
Deadline: Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Course fee

MSc Sustainable Energy & Green Technologies (X413) Full Time
EU fee per year - €7,830
non EU fee per year - €24,800

***Fees are subject to change

Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see

The College of Engineering & Architecture also offer scholarships for non-EU students, for more information see:

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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